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Committee Votes to Recommend Shuttering Nesconset Elementary

Citizens Advisory Committee also recommends relocating central offices to free classroom spaces if there is a financial benefit.

The Citizens Advisory Committee voted Thursday night to recommend closing Nesconset Elementary to the Board of Education.

Of the 21 votes cast at the meeting, 17 were for the closing of Nesconset Elementary; four were for Mills Pond Elementary.

Thursday’s vote is considered incomplete, with seven absentee votes remaining. The votes, according to Director of Curriculum Jennifer Bradshaw, have no deadline but could be submitted as early as next week.

The committee’s recommendation, according to Bradshaw, will be formally presented to the board no later than Jan. 31, and depends on when the final draft of the committee’s report is complete. The report will show all the research conducted by the committee since its inception.

While the committee made its decision Thursday night, John Nolan, director of technology for the district, said there’s still a lot of work to do in the two remaining committee meetings.

“I think we’ve done a thorough study over these 16 meetings,” he said. “The next two meetings, as we started at the very end of tonight, will be to develop the report …and make sure the report represents the census of the committee.”

The two remaining meetings are set for Jan. 12 and Jan. 19, both at 7 p.m. in room 222A in the Joseph Barton Building on New York Avenue.

In addition to the closing recommendation, the present voting committee members unanimously decided to consider relocating the district’s central office to existing classroom spaces in the district if it is financially advantageous.

Anthony Clements, assistant plant facilities administrator, also presented rough estimates for securing a closed building, referred to as “mothballing” – the district would spend around $40,000 to board the dormant building, and around $800 per room to move everything from them. The estimates include labor performed by employees of the district during regular work hours.

Superintendent Edward Ehmann announced at the beginning of the meeting that the board is set to meet with four commercial realtors Jan. 18 and choose who they want to represent the district with the potential sale or rental of buildings and property.

One Opinion January 12, 2012 at 01:14 AM
@ Ken Heard Outsanding OpEd in the Times of Smithtown 1/12 issue. Could not have said it better myself. Good Job!
Pam January 12, 2012 at 01:57 AM
@Ken, and One opinion: Wish you had come to last night's BoE meeting (Ken I understand why you are unable). Papers will probably be reporting on it-bad bad leadership -lack of. Tonight though NO ONE came to the community budget meeting- not the public and not even one member of the BoE (leadership at the very least should be there). So peeps do not complain about your tax increases (not just you 2) when you are not engaged in the conversation.
Ken Heard January 12, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Thank you
Ken Heard January 12, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Thank you
Argile January 13, 2012 at 01:30 AM
This is what needs to be done here in Suffolk County as well in Nassau. Bypass the teachers union completely and just flat out fire dead wood teachers: http://www.newsday.com/news/new-york/bloomberg-we-ll-sidestep-union-to-get-school-cash-1.3448137

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